FatKats Pizzeria & Restaurant is the winner of Pizza Today's Best Pizza Midwest 2008. Last year, the Georgetown pizza makers won the title with a BBQ pizza called cowboy extreme. This time its traditional red sauce pizza is the winner. This entitles Kathy Lyons and her staff to participate in the international contest in the spring.
Be an agritourist
September is the time to get out and enjoy autumn festivals and participate in agritourism activities throughout the state.
Here is a partial lineup:
■ The Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival is Sunday in Flemingsburg. Go to www.mandolinfarmbluegrass.net.
■ Equus Run in Midway will host its Tunes in the Vines series, with free concerts from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 13. Gypsy blues band Alma Gitana will entertain Saturday; Scandalous performs the next week. Tickets are $23.50 and include a buffet dinner.
■ Pumpkin Days are held on Saturdays through Oct. 25 at Christian Way Farm near Hopkinsville. Go to www.christianwayfarm.com.
■ The Ruby Moon Arts Festival is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery in Henderson. Go to www.rubymoonwinery.com.
■ Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown will hold an Apple Festival on Sept. 13 and 14. The Harvest Festival will be Sept. 20 to Oct. 26. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Go to www.evansorchard.com.
■ The Trimble County Apple Festival will be Sept. 13 and 14 at Bray Orchard and Farm Market in Bedford. Call (502) 255-3607.
■ Autumn Fest at Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown will be Sept. 13 through Halloween. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.biwaterfarm.com.
■ The Apple Days Festival at Boyd Orchards in Versailles is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Go to www.boydorchards.com.
■ The 10th annual "R" Farm Pumpkinfest in Maysville is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 28. Go to www.r-farm.com.
■ Baldwin Farm in Richmond will host Pumpkins and More from Sept. 27 through Halloween. Go to www.baldwinfarmsky.com.
The online directory for agritourism events is at www.kentuckyfarmsarefun.com.
The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Culinary Federation will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Southside Technical Center, 1800 Harrodsburg Road. The board meeting will be at 5 p.m. The meeting is open to those who work in the food service/hospitality industry.
It's a challenge for people with food allergies to eat out, but a new tool, Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies, is available to restaurateurs who want to attract consumers with allergies.
The training program, published by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, is available at www.foodallergy.org.
The guide includes up-to-date research, food labeling information and practical strategies for avoiding cross-contact, plus suggested procedures for keeping guests safe and steps to prepare for an allergic emergency. Restaurants can use this guide as a basis for their food allergy management programs.
Teen's tomato project takes off
Alex Tingle, 15, a sophomore at West Jessamine County High School in Nicholasville, has turned a Future Farmers of America project into a tomato-growing operation.
Alex started his project as a freshman, working with his FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Ryan Thomas. Alex initially planned to sell the produce from 100 tomato plants at the local farmers market, but when the ag class at his school didn't sell all the plants from the school's greenhouse, Alex brought home 900 plants, including 700 tomatoes. He planted them in an idle pasture on the family farm, and he is growing Roma tomatoes for salsa-maker Millard Long of Boone County.